Back to Top
Skip to Site Search Skip to Utility Nav Skip to Top Nav Skip to Left Nav Skip to Content
Close Main Menu

Saving Appalachian Gardens and Stories

Our signature project is Saving Appalachian Gardens and Stories (SAGAS) an annual demonstration garden for heirloom seeds and oral history collection. This joint effort of the Department of Biology and the Center began in 2006 as we collected heirloom seeds from the mountain region. Two years later, biology professors, students and community  volunteers started an annual demonstration garden at the historic Vickery House, the Center’s headquarters. Biology Professor Karrie Ann Fadroski maintains the center’s seed bank and oversees the garden. Rosann Kent oversees the story collection.

The garden

The organic garden is designed to minimize water loss, replenish our seed bank and share seeds with our neighbors.

The stories

SAGAS also preserves cultural history by interviewing seed donors about gardening traditions and foodways of Southern Appalachia. Such memories are as important as the genetic diversity of the seeds.

UNG follows Section 508 Standards and WCAG 2.0 for web accessibility. If you require the content on this web page in another format, please contact the ADA Coordinator.

Back to Top